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The tidal James River is an amazing resource of visual inspiration and history. The fishing opportunities on the tidal river are second to none when it comes to the fall & spring blue cat fishery and the spring hickory & American shad fishery.
Blue Catfish. The tidal James is famous for this fishery ... and rightfully so. The largest blue catfish caught in the James River is now over 100 pounds! Prime time to fish for the big blues is spring, fall and winter (mid October through the end of April). The best months include March, April, November & December. During the spring months, large striped bass can also be caught.
Hickory Shad. Discover the James also offers fly fishing and spin fishing trips for these hearty fighters right in the heart of downtown Richmond. March and April is the time to book this trip.
We also offer a "Shore Lunch" on the pontoon boat. You bring the fixin's and I'll cook the fish (no charge). Or have a wonderfully prepared fresh fried catfish meal with all the trimmings on the pontoon boat. You'll enjoy fried blue catfish, cole slaw, potato salad, fruit and drinks. All for $65 for the first three people, and $15 each additional person.
More than six people? For trips with more than six a second boat and guide is needed. You will receive the 'Discover the James' second boat bonus!! 10% off the cost of the second boat ... all right!
The photo's stories? Top right: Before we knew it we had three nice blue catfish on at the same time, and the resulting photo shows off what is possible on the James River. Capt. John Smith described the river as "A Goodly place with fish as far as the eye can see". Imagine looking out over the river and watching a few hundred herring explode all over the river's surface, when suddenly a 75 pound striped bass jumps up after them. That is 'Fish as far as the eye can see.' -- Photo by Capt. Mike
To the right: This image of an immature bald eagle shows off the amazing patterns of color on the underside of their wings. In May, the summer migration of bald eagles begins with birds from Florida and Georgia entering the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Many of these birds will spend much of their time on the James River. -- Photo by Bob Schamerhorn
For more information or to book your fishing trip, contact Capt. Mike Ostrander at 804-938-2350.